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Ready to Run a Process

Posted in Client-Firm Value, In-House Practice

Guest Blogger: Dave Sampsell has been a lawyer for 20 years and is general counsel of Digi International Inc. (NASDAQ:  DGII). He is also founder and principal of BanyanRFP.com. It’s been strongly suggested the legal department’s costs for outside counsel need to be contained. Perhaps you’ve been told the price for professional services in the… Continue Reading

Demystifying the Internal Legal Department Through Social Media

Posted in In-House Practice

Guest Blogger: Aliya Ramji is legal counsel at CSA Group in Canada and focuses on international and intellectual property issues. She is a member of the Aga Khan Education Board for Ontario and a member of the Junior Achievement of Central Ontario’s YGC Board. She can be contacted at aliyaramji@gmail.com. In a 2011 survey conducted… Continue Reading

ACC Value Champions: Benefits Extend Far Beyond Numbers

Posted in ACC Value Challenge, Client-Firm Value

Guest Blogger: Catherine J. Moynihan is Director of Legal Management Services at ACC, where she helps inside and outside counsel advance skills in managing the legal function. @CathJMoyn The ACC Value Champions are managing the heck out of legal spending — analyzing cost drivers, converging law firms, in-sourcing, targeting key goals, resourcing flexibly — in… Continue Reading

Four Family Members and Two TVs: Should I Benchmark Us?

Posted in ACC Docket

(March/2013) I had a conversation recently with a co-worker. We were discussing Super Bowl Sunday and the fact that I watched “Downton Abbey” in the middle of the game. As much as I love watching American football, “Downton Abbey” trumps any game. I mentioned to my co-worker that we only have two televisions in our… Continue Reading

A [Value] Challenge for 2013: Throw Your Hat Over the Wall

Posted in Client-Firm Value, In-House Practice

We have all seen the articles, attended the conferences or engaged in conversations that express dissatisfaction with law firm billing, the continued growth of legal costs generally, and the disconnect between cost and value received. I have heard these complaints since I first became involved with ACC over 21 years ago. Unfortunately, I think it… Continue Reading

Tell Me More About Yourself

Posted in ACC Docket

(March 2012) Most of the managers I know do not enjoy interviewing job candidates. It’s not that we don’t want you to have the job; however, it is often difficult to dig deep enough during an interview. Old school interview questions aren’t much help, and I admit that I have asked more than one candidate… Continue Reading

Uncovered: HP’s In-house Counsel Training Program Part I

Posted in ACC Value Challenge

  The latest addition to our “value practice” blog series features a timely and provocative four-part discussion on training legal talent, all focusing on different aspects of Hewlett-Packard Company’s innovative new legal talent development project. This series will provide an in-depth look into HP’s post-law school training for new lawyers, with entries on how HP… Continue Reading

ACC Fred Krebs Talks about Leadership

Posted in Pro Bono

Two ACC leaders were recently honored with top legal industry awards:  ACC’s former board chair, Laura Stein, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, The Clorox Company, is a 2010 recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established by the ABA to recognize the accomplishments of women lawyers.  In Canada, ACC board member,… Continue Reading

Annual Meeting Program Ideas

Posted in In-House Practice

Below is a guest post from the Law Department Management Committee’s Program Chair, Richard Bates.   Fellow ACC Law Department Management Members, as you know this is the time of year all ACC committees devote to idea generation for Annual Meeting programs.  Attached are suggestions to date.  However, we need your input for more program… Continue Reading